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Dane County Sheriff's Office

Dane County Jail

Dane County, Wisconsin is home to two county jail facilities, both located in the Madison area. Also, scroll down the page for additional resources, as well as information on the Dane County Circuit Court, how to report to jail, and Huber Release.

City-County Building Jail

Maximum Security
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Madison, WI 53703

Houses residents who are awaiting trial or who do not have work release privileges on their sentences.

Public Safety Building Jail

Medium Security
115 West Doty Street
Madison, WI 53703

Houses residents who are awaiting trial. This facility also contains Central Booking, as well as all property, financial, and administrative offices.

Dane County Circuit Court Info

Initial Appearance court is held each weekday at 1:30pm. For additional court date information, please contact the Clerk of Courts. To contact the Clerk of Courts, please call (608) 266-4311 or go to

Reporting to Jail

Where Do I Go to Start My Sentence?

On the date and time set up by the court, go to the Public Safety Building located at 115 W. Doty Street, Madison, WI. Report to the Bail Window on the 1st floor. DO NOT BE LATE! If you fail to report as required, you may be referred to the District Attorney’s Office for an additional crime under Wisconsin Statute 946.425, which is considered a misdemeanor if your sentence is less than 10 days or a felony if your sentence is 10 days or more.

What is Huber Release?

If you are sentenced to jail, the court may grant you Huber/Work Release privileges which would be utilized on the Jail Diversion program. Jail Diversion is the only option to exercise Huber/Work Release privileges in Dane County. Dane County no longer operates a Huber/Work Release facility.

What Can I Bring to Jail?

The storage space in the jail is very limited. Duffle bags, luggage, and electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc., will not be allowed into the jail. You will be required to dispose of any unallowable property prior to entering. The jail will issue you limited items upon your arrival, such as a jail uniform, jail sandals, hygiene items, brassieres, underwear briefs or boxers, thermal underwear shirts, socks, and t-shirts. You may bring certain medical devices but all are subject to final approval by medical staff and jail administration.

  • 1 medical alert bracelet (verified by jail medical staff upon arrival)
  • 1 pair of eyeglasses with 1 case
  • 1 pair of dentures
  • 1 denture adhesive (2.4 ounces or less in an original and unopened container, no glass or breakable container)
  • medically necessary equipment, such as splints, braces and sleep apnea machine, etc. (water for sleep apnea machines will be provided by jail medical)  

Jail Rules

Upon reporting to the jail to serve your sentence, you will have access to the Jail Resident Handbook. The handbook contains the jail rules, including specific rules while out on Huber Release if you are deemed eligible. You will be expected to comply with all of the jail rules. Failure to do so may result in discipline and affect your ability to exercise Huber release privileges.